Great transfer rate to frequent flyer programs
Transfer rewards points to eight leading airline partner programs, including Virgin, Emirates, and Singapore Airlines, at a great 2:1 ratio.
Complimentary travel insurance policy
Added protection of complimentary travel insurance and smartphone screen insurance
0% p.a. on balance transfers for the first 12 months
Transfer a balance and benefit from 0% p.a. for 12 months (excludes one-off 1% establishment fee)
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American Express Explorer credit card
Membership Rewards Gateway
50,000 when you spend $3,000 on your new card within the first 3 months.
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
$400 every year
Up to $500
What's not so good?
Earn 2 Membership Rewards points per $1 spent on purchases, except government bodies in Australia where you will earn 1 point per $1 spent. Earn 50,000 points as a bonus if you spend $3,000 within 3 months from approval.
Amex Explorer holders are covered with travel insurance as standard covering medical, theft, flight delays, and more.
Gain access to the Amex Airport Lounge in Sydney and Melbourne twice a year.
Get a $400 Travel Credit each year to spend on flights, accommodation, or hire cars through American Express Travel.
Amex will refund your purchase if local merchants refuse to replace or return a faulty item. T&Cs apply.
18 years old
No history of bad debt or payment default
Our review of the American Express Explorer
The American Express Explorer card boasts a flexible reward program with transferable points to eight of the world’s most popular frequent flyer programs. Aimed at frequent travellers, the card offers a $400 Travel Credit, complimentary travel insurance, including overseas purchase protection for extra peace of mind. The big draw is a complimentary 50,000 MRG points if you spend $3,000 within 3 months.
However, a premium card attracts a premium annual fee of $395. In view of the rewards on offer, you’ll get the fee back in the many bonuses, points, and extras.
The Hotels Collection benefit
Selected hotels, exceptional value. Book two consecutive nights' stay and enjoy a hotel credit up to US$75 and a room upgrade, when available.
The Hotel Collection includes hundreds of curated properties from trusted brands like Hyatt and Hilton Hotels.
Every time you book two consecutive nights stay or more at one of these properties with your American Express Explorer Credit Card, you will receive:
- Up to US$75 hotel credit to spend on qualifying dining, spa and resort activities
- Complimentary room upgrade at check-in, when available
$400 in Travel Credit
Card holders may enjoy a $400 Travel Credit to use towards any eligible flights, hotels, experiences or car hire booked and paid online with American Express Travel. As long as you book through their travel service, you can use the credit.
High Point Earning Rate
The Amex Explorer includes entry into the American Express Membership Rewards Gateway program (MRG). It’s a simple proposition: earn 2 points for every dollar spent on the card, except for government purchases where you’ll earn 1 point per $1 spent. This is a departure from most cards, which do not attract points for any government purchases.
Better yet, there’s no cap on earning points – ever. You could buy an entire planeload of seats (credit limit permitting!) and still earn 2 MRG points for each dollar spent.
Cardholders can also apply for four supplementary cards for family members at no fee, which also earns the same amount of points. This can lead to greater rewards more quickly.
Great Point Conversion Rate
Further flexibility comes in the Amex Explorer’s ability to transfer points to eight of the world’s biggest and most extensive frequent flyer programs.
You can transfer 2 Membership Rewards for 1 point or mile with Velocity Frequent Flyer, Asia Miles, Emirates Skywards, Etihad Guest, Malaysian Airlines Enrich, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, and Thai Royal Orchid Plus. You may also exchange 200 Membership Rewards points for 1 Air New Zealand Airpoint Dollars.
Complimentary Travel Insurance + Other Insurance
Travel insurance is included whenever you pay for travel using the Explorer card, including your partner and any dependent children. This includes $2.5 million in emergency medical expenses, $30,000 in travel cancellation cover, and $10,000 of baggage, money, and documentation cover to cover loss or damage. You can also apply for up to $500 in compensation if your flight is delayed four hours or more.
Amex Explorer cardholders also get smartphone screen insurance, up to $500 for screen repairs if you accidentally damage your Smartphone screen. (Excess of 10% applies, with a maximum of 2 claims per 12 months.)
Complimentary Airport Lounge Access
Cardholders may enjoy two complimentary entries per year to the American Express Lounge, regardless of their flight class.
Overseas Consumer Protection
While overseas, consumer laws may not be rigorously enforced. This means American Express will refund your purchase cost if a merchant refuses to take back an item that’s unused or faulty. They also offer an Online Fraud Protection Guarantee, so you aren’t responsible for covering unauthorised charges.
Each cardholder can access Explorer Buyer’s Advantage, extends manufacturer’s warranty by 12 months on eligible items purchased with the card.
Interest Rates and Interest Free Periods
The interest rate on this card is 20.74% p.a. with a 55-day interest-free period on purchases.
You can conduct a balance transfer from an existing card at 0% p.a. for 12 months (excludes one-off 1% establishment fee).